Dollars for Docs: Talk With Your Doctor

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ProPublica's Dollars for Docs database lets you search for payments to U.S.-based doctors made by pharmaceutical and medical device companies between August 2013 and December 2016. The disclosure of these payments is required under the Physician Payment Sunshine Act, a provision of the 2010 Affordable Care Act.


About This Information

  • The information that appears here comes directly from the federal government. Companies must attest to its accuracy and doctors have the ability to contest information they believe is in error.
  • This site includes payments for such activities as speaking, consulting, meals, travel and royalties. It does not include payments for clinical research.
  • It is legal for companies to make payments to doctors as long as the payments are not a kickback or inducement to use their products.
  • Some doctors say collaborative relationships, particularly those involving research, are necessary to develop new treatments and cures. But many ethicists have raised questions about the payments, and studies show that they may influence doctors' prescribing decisions.
  • Only you can decide if this matters to you and if so, whether you want to talk to your doctor about it. If you plan to talk with your doctor (or if you already have), please help us by filling out this short survey: <a href='https://propub.li/participate-d4d'>propub.li/participate-d4d</a>

Preparing for Your Conversation

If you decide you'd like to talk to your doctor about this, please keep in mind:

  • Many healthcare professionals in our database have similar names, so you should start by asking your doctor if the person mentioned in this payment record is really him/her.
  • Your doctor may not know he or she is listed as receiving payments, especially if the payments are small. You can direct your doctor to this site (the URL will be printed at the top of the payment record) or directly to the government's site here: https://openpaymentsdata.cms.gov/physician/356365
  • Some doctors are happy to discuss this information with you. Others might not be. The best approach is to ask questions and to <strong>not</strong> be accusatory.

Questions You Might Want to Ask

  • Is this you?
  • What type of work do you do with these companies?
  • Have you prescribed me any drugs that are manufactured by companies you've taken payments from?
  • Are there non-drug alternatives that I may want to consider first?
  • Are there less expensive generic alternatives to the drugs you have prescribed?
  • What devices have you used in my care that are manufactured by companies you've taken payments from?

Dollars for Docs: Talk With Your Doctor

https://projects.propublica.org/docdollars/doctors/pid/356365
If you spot an error, please let us know at [email protected]

PAYAM FARJOODI

Listed Specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery of the Spine
11160 WARNER AVE, SUITE 311, FOUNTAIN VALLEY, CA, 92708-4008

Payments: At a Glance

104

payments

$125,626

payment total

19

companies paid this doctor

Types of Payments

Category Payments Payment Value
Education
8 $73,738
Consulting
13 $40,575
Travel and Lodging
17 $5,727
Food and Beverage
63 $5,412
Entertainment
1 $89
Gift
2 $85

Drugs & Devices

Totals listed below account for all payments from August 2013 to December 2016 that mention this product. If a payment record mentions more than one product, the entire value will be included in each of those products. When no products are listed, they are not included in the list below.

Product Name Product Type Payments
SPINE FIXATION

device

$85,296
OTHER - BIOLOGICS

device

$13,988
OSTEOSPAN

drug

$10,000
OTHER

device

$5,775
PASS-LP

device

$3,750
UNID

device

$3,750
SYPHER

drug

$2,000
MOBI C

device

$1,103
ROI C

device

$914
ORTHOPEDICS-EXTERNAL FIXATION

device

$778
THORACOLUMBAR

device

$614
SPINAL CORD NEUROSTIMULATION

device

$256
SPECTRA SYSTEM

device

$234
ROI A

device

$230
IFUSE IMPLANT

device

$210
TRAUMA AND EXTREMITIES

device

$194
RESTORE

device

$161
CERVICAL

device

$158
MIS

device

$125
SPINE IMPLANTS-THORACOLUMBAR

device

$109
KNEES

device

$94
† May not add up to dollar total at top of page, since a payment record may not be associated with any product or can be associated with several products.

For ease of printing, only the 20 drugs and devices with the highest payments are displayed. For a complete list, please visit: https://projects.propublica.org/docdollars/doctors/pid/356365

Payment Details

When How Much Related To What For From Third Party Payee
Feb 6, 2014 $13,000

Spine Fixation Education Orthofix International N.V.
Feb 6, 2014 $13,000

Spine Fixation Education Orthofix International N.V.
Feb 6, 2014 $13,000

Spine Fixation Education Orthofix International N.V.
Dec 30, 2013 $10,000

OsteoSpan Consulting

Details: osteoSpan

Biogennix, LLC Payam Farjoodi MD, Inc.
Apr 30, 2015 $9,675

Spine Fixation Education Orthofix International N.V.
Jun 19, 2014 $8,563

Spine Fixation Education Orthofix International N.V.
Dec 10, 2015 $7,875

Spine Fixation Consulting Orthofix International N.V.
Feb 6, 2014 $5,500

Spine Fixation Education Orthofix International N.V.
Feb 6, 2014 $5,500

Spine Fixation Education Orthofix International N.V.
Feb 6, 2014 $5,500

Spine Fixation Education Orthofix International N.V.
Mar 20, 2015 $4,250

Other - Biologics Consulting Alphatec Spine, Inc
Dec 4, 2015 $2,900

Other - Biologics Consulting Alphatec Spine, Inc
Apr 1, 2016 $2,800

Other - Biologics Consulting

Details: Review of NeocoreBiologics presentation

Alphatec Spine, Inc
Mar 20, 2015 $2,763

OTHER Consulting Alphatec Spine, Inc
Apr 7, 2016 $2,500

PASS-LP UNiD Consulting Medicrea USA, Corp.
May 29, 2015 $1,800

OTHER Consulting Alphatec Spine, Inc
Jul 22, 2016 $1,800

Other - Biologics Consulting

Details: Biologics PresentationSales Training

Alphatec Spine, Inc
Feb 26, 2015 $1,716

Spine Fixation Travel and Lodging Orthofix International N.V.
Aug 11, 2016 $1,250

PASS-LP UNiD Consulting Medicrea USA, Corp.
Apr 3, 2014 $1,200

Sypher Consulting

Details: Sypher

Biogennix, LLC
Jan 23, 2014 $800

Sypher Consulting

Details: Sypher

Biogennix, LLC

For ease of printing, 20 payments are displayed, the largest appearing on top. For a full list of payments, please visit: https://projects.propublica.org/docdollars/doctors/pid/356365

Note: We have made some effort to normalize the data and eliminate duplicates, but data is primarily as it has been reported by the companies to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. To purchase the normalized data, please visit the ProPublica Data Store. If you spot an error, please let us know at [email protected].